The Truth About Cars » hilux http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:19:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 A Selective History Of Minitrucks, Part Two: The Empire Strikes Back, Then Gives Up http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/selective-history-minitrucks-part-two-empire-strikes-back-gives/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/selective-history-minitrucks-part-two-empire-strikes-back-gives/#comments Tue, 01 Dec 2015 16:00:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1230073 In Part One of this minitruckin’ history, we covered how the Big 3 provided their dealers with “captive import” minitrucks from Mazda, Isuzu, and Mitsubishi during the Seventies. By 1975 or thereabouts, both GM and Ford were convinced that the small-pickup market was not a fad and began digging their own products out of the […]

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In Part One of this minitruckin’ history, we covered how the Big 3 provided their dealers with “captive import” minitrucks from Mazda, Isuzu, and Mitsubishi during the Seventies. By 1975 or thereabouts, both GM and Ford were convinced that the small-pickup market was not a fad and began digging their own products out of the […]

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Why Is The Most Popular Truck in the Middle East Used by Terrorists? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/popular-truck-middle-east-used-terrorists/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/popular-truck-middle-east-used-terrorists/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2015 16:30:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1190298 (Probably because it’s the most popular truck.) Automotive News reported that Toyota is cooperating with U.S. authorities in uncovering why members of the terrorist group ISIS seem to be so fond of Toyota Hiluxes and Land Cruisers, which consistently rank among the top 5 best-selling vehicles for many Middle Eastern countries, prompted by an investigation* by ABC News. The […]

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(Probably because it’s the most popular truck.) Automotive News reported that Toyota is cooperating with U.S. authorities in uncovering why members of the terrorist group ISIS seem to be so fond of Toyota Hiluxes and Land Cruisers, which consistently rank among the top 5 best-selling vehicles for many Middle Eastern countries, prompted by an investigation* by ABC News. The […]

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Crapwagon Outtake: 1987 Toyota 4×4 Truck http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/crapwagon-outtake-1987-toyota-4x4-truck/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/crapwagon-outtake-1987-toyota-4x4-truck/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 16:00:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1158226 Go to any small town cruise-in, and you’re likely to find one: a tribute to the owner’s favorite “movie car.” A “Bullitt“ Mustang, or for the younger guys who like fixing stress cracks in cheap fiberglass, a “Gone in Sixty Seconds” Mustang. A “Smokey and The Bandit” Trans Am, complete with screaming chicken. A racist […]

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Go to any small town cruise-in, and you’re likely to find one: a tribute to the owner’s favorite “movie car.” A “Bullitt“ Mustang, or for the younger guys who like fixing stress cracks in cheap fiberglass, a “Gone in Sixty Seconds” Mustang. A “Smokey and The Bandit” Trans Am, complete with screaming chicken. A racist […]

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Junkyard Find: 1983 Toyota Pickup, Adobe Rust Repair Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/junkyard-find-1983-toyota-pickup-adobe-rust-repair-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/junkyard-find-1983-toyota-pickup-adobe-rust-repair-edition/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 11:15:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1073818 Toyotas of the 1970s and 1980s were quite reliable for the era, if you’re just talking about running gear. If you lived in a rust-prone area, though (say, a block from the Pacific Ocean in San Francisco), Toyotas were eaten by the Iron Oxide Monster in a hurry. Here in Denver, where the snow usually […]

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Toyotas of the 1970s and 1980s were quite reliable for the era, if you’re just talking about running gear. If you lived in a rust-prone area, though (say, a block from the Pacific Ocean in San Francisco), Toyotas were eaten by the Iron Oxide Monster in a hurry. Here in Denver, where the snow usually […]

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While You Were Sleeping: Mazda Says Driving Matters, New HiLux and Ford F-150 Trailer Backup Assist Revealed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/while-you-were-sleeping-mazda-says-driving-matters-new-hilux-and-ford-f-150-trailer-backup-assist-revealed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/while-you-were-sleeping-mazda-says-driving-matters-new-hilux-and-ford-f-150-trailer-backup-assist-revealed/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 10:39:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1071898 After being stuck in Nashville for an extra unscheduled 24 hours and spending the following 12 hours bouncing from airport to airport, I can easily say that air travel is horrible. Conversely, Mazda is extolling the emotional virtues of driving in a new ad campaign. Here’s what happened overnight. Mazda’s new mantra: ‘Driving Matters’ (Automotive News) […]

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After being stuck in Nashville for an extra unscheduled 24 hours and spending the following 12 hours bouncing from airport to airport, I can easily say that air travel is horrible. Conversely, Mazda is extolling the emotional virtues of driving in a new ad campaign. Here’s what happened overnight. Mazda’s new mantra: ‘Driving Matters’ (Automotive News) […]

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While You Were Sleeping: 2016 Honda Pilot Reviews, Toyota HiLux Leaks (Again) and McLaren 540C Not Coming to U.S. http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/while-you-were-sleeping-2016-honda-pilot-reviews-toyota-hilux-leaks-again-and-mclaren-540c-not-coming-to-u-s/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/while-you-were-sleeping-2016-honda-pilot-reviews-toyota-hilux-leaks-again-and-mclaren-540c-not-coming-to-u-s/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 11:50:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1071370 The first reviews are in for the 2016 Honda Pilot as the Japanese automaker lifts their embargo. Honda’s new SUV will be the most expensive model ever sold in the U.S. 2016 Honda Pilot Review (AutoGuide) Honda turns their top line SUV from utilitarian family box to near-luxury, sleek family box. Updated Pilot to become Honda’s priciest U.S. […]

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The first reviews are in for the 2016 Honda Pilot as the Japanese automaker lifts their embargo. Honda’s new SUV will be the most expensive model ever sold in the U.S. 2016 Honda Pilot Review (AutoGuide) Honda turns their top line SUV from utilitarian family box to near-luxury, sleek family box. Updated Pilot to become Honda’s priciest U.S. […]

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While You Were Sleeping: Audi RS3 Sedan, Toyota HiLux Reveal and Cameras Are Everywhere http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/sleeping-audi-rs3-sedan-toyota-hilux-reveal-cameras-everywhere/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/sleeping-audi-rs3-sedan-toyota-hilux-reveal-cameras-everywhere/#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 10:55:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1066090 Looking south of the A4 in Audi’s current range of motors, the hottest vehicle in its North American lineup is the current S3. Those of us west of the Atlantic don’t get to enjoy the turbocharged five-pot RS3 Sportback. Thankfully, Theophilus Chin is on the scene to digitally imagine our Ingolstadt desires with this compromise – the RS3 […]

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Looking south of the A4 in Audi’s current range of motors, the hottest vehicle in its North American lineup is the current S3. Those of us west of the Atlantic don’t get to enjoy the turbocharged five-pot RS3 Sportback. Thankfully, Theophilus Chin is on the scene to digitally imagine our Ingolstadt desires with this compromise – the RS3 […]

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Capsule Review: Toyota HiLux Surf (United Nations Edition) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/capsule-review-toyota-hilux-surf-united-nations-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/capsule-review-toyota-hilux-surf-united-nations-edition/#comments Tue, 15 Oct 2013 12:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=622377 The durability of the original Toyota HiLux, known in the United States as simply “Truck,” is the stuff of legend, especially if you enjoy Top Gear. It often seems that only rust can kill these simple but durable pickups, which means that in areas where rust does, in fact, sleep, they are effectively immortal. My […]

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The durability of the original Toyota HiLux, known in the United States as simply “Truck,” is the stuff of legend, especially if you enjoy Top Gear. It often seems that only rust can kill these simple but durable pickups, which means that in areas where rust does, in fact, sleep, they are effectively immortal. My […]

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Piston Slap: Dash The Passat for The Road Not Taken? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/piston-slap-dash-the-passat-for-the-road-not-taken/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/piston-slap-dash-the-passat-for-the-road-not-taken/#comments Wed, 18 Sep 2013 12:52:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=518833 TTAC Commentator MightyTall writes: Hello Sajeev, I’ve been reading your articles and enjoying your sage advice given to other people. And since you said you’re running low on submissions, here’s mine: I’m currently driving a well maintained reliable 140hp 2.0l Turbodiesel, 6-speed manual 2007 Passat station wagon … 157.000 km on the clock and no […]

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TTAC Commentator MightyTall writes: Hello Sajeev, I’ve been reading your articles and enjoying your sage advice given to other people. And since you said you’re running low on submissions, here’s mine: I’m currently driving a well maintained reliable 140hp 2.0l Turbodiesel, 6-speed manual 2007 Passat station wagon … 157.000 km on the clock and no […]

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Hammer Time: Ramblings Of An Aspiring Kibbutznik http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/hammer-time-ramblings-of-an-aspiring-kibbutznik/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/hammer-time-ramblings-of-an-aspiring-kibbutznik/#comments Wed, 30 Jan 2013 15:47:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=475821   I must have been a kibbutznik in a past life. Whenever I buy something of value, I never have the urge to keep it for myself. Perhaps it’s due to too many bouts of suburbia. A neighborhood with twenty lawnmowers. Thirty The Lion King videos, and fifty to seventy vehicles. All this redundancy seems to be […]

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  I must have been a kibbutznik in a past life. Whenever I buy something of value, I never have the urge to keep it for myself. Perhaps it’s due to too many bouts of suburbia. A neighborhood with twenty lawnmowers. Thirty The Lion King videos, and fifty to seventy vehicles. All this redundancy seems to be […]

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And the Real Winner Is… http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/and-the-real-winner-is-21/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/and-the-real-winner-is-21/#comments Mon, 03 Oct 2011 08:53:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=413315 Working in the 24 Hours of LeMons Penalty Box, the constant refrain of “Four wheels off” over the radio from the corner workers reporting miscreant drivers gets a little tedious. Hearing “Six wheels off,” however, really livens things up for us. That’s just one of the many benefits of having the Team Apex Vinyl Texas […]

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Working in the 24 Hours of LeMons Penalty Box, the constant refrain of “Four wheels off” over the radio from the corner workers reporting miscreant drivers gets a little tedious. Hearing “Six wheels off,” however, really livens things up for us. That’s just one of the many benefits of having the Team Apex Vinyl Texas […]

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Launch Report: Toyota HiLux and Fortuner http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/launch-report-toyota-hilux-fortuner/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/launch-report-toyota-hilux-fortuner/#comments Sun, 17 Jul 2011 16:20:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=403341 An extravagant ceremony at Bangkok’s Impact Arena has seen the launch of Toyota’s new Hilux and Fortuner – key models in its developing market portfolio. The pair are products with big, tough reputations, and importantly, the profit-generating ability to match. The Hilux has unrivalled street cred as one of the workhorses of Asia, Africa and […]

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An extravagant ceremony at Bangkok’s Impact Arena has seen the launch of Toyota’s new Hilux and Fortuner – key models in its developing market portfolio. The pair are products with big, tough reputations, and importantly, the profit-generating ability to match. The Hilux has unrivalled street cred as one of the workhorses of Asia, Africa and […]

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Toyotas, The Taliban And Maple Leaf Tattoos: An Unusual Tribute To The Toyota Hilux http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/toyotas-the-taliban-and-maple-leaf-tattoos-an-unusual-tribute-to-the-toyota-hilux/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/toyotas-the-taliban-and-maple-leaf-tattoos-an-unusual-tribute-to-the-toyota-hilux/#comments Fri, 15 Oct 2010 16:44:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=368822 From conflict-torn Afghanistan [via Newsweek] comes this strange tale of Taliban tribute to the “the vehicular equivalent of the AK-47″: the Toyota Hilux (more famous among Western car nuts for its infamous Top Gear adventures). As the war in Afghanistan escalated several years ago, counterinsurgency expert David Kilcullen, a member of the team that designed […]

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From conflict-torn Afghanistan [via Newsweek] comes this strange tale of Taliban tribute to the “the vehicular equivalent of the AK-47″: the Toyota Hilux (more famous among Western car nuts for its infamous Top Gear adventures). As the war in Afghanistan escalated several years ago, counterinsurgency expert David Kilcullen, a member of the team that designed […]

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Curbside Classic: 1975 Toyota Hilux Pickup http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/curbside-classic-1975-toyota-hilux-pickup/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/curbside-classic-1975-toyota-hilux-pickup/#comments Thu, 04 Feb 2010 20:51:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=344209 After a deep immersion in cheap, plastic (un)fantastic Toyota electronic gas pedal assemblies, we need to swing the friction arm pendulum way far the other direction; right into a cast iron Hilux pickup. The only electronics in these would be a handful of transistors in the radio, if it even had one. If there had […]

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After a deep immersion in cheap, plastic (un)fantastic Toyota electronic gas pedal assemblies, we need to swing the friction arm pendulum way far the other direction; right into a cast iron Hilux pickup. The only electronics in these would be a handful of transistors in the radio, if it even had one. If there had […]

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